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Old 05-23-2019, 09:29 PM
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Funny, I was just knocking off some of the smaller and shrivel-y looking fruits today (for which effort I got a tick on me!). This tree is too tall for me to reach all the fruit, which leads me to believe it hasn't been properly pruned, but then most of the things in this garden haven't, so I'm not surprised. I guess I'll put on some insect repellent and keep at the parts I can reach. I'm sure I can drape something over some of the lower parts of it and the birds can keep themselves happy with the top parts.
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Old 06-21-2019, 07:19 PM
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My tree is oozing jelly every time I rains. The fruits look like sap is oozing and lots are dropping. I knew this tree wasn't properly treated and had some damage to the trunk, so I put a ring of bricks around it, over some layers of newspaper to keep it safer, but it looks very hurt and continues to exude jelly.

There are no borers, so it's canker, and my question is: can I eat the fruit? The leaves are fine and healthy and turning from red to green (does that give anyone a variety?). There are still fruits on the tree, still growing, and I picked up a fallen one with a "good" side and tried it and it's DELICIOUS, even if not yet ripe. But is it OK to eat the fruit?

I'm going to clean up the canker the best I can and call our local master gardener to get some advice. BTW, it's putting up a volunteer - will that be a sucker or would it have its own root system?
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